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The Omen is a British-American horror film franchise beginning in 1976. The series centres on Damien Thorn, a child born of Satan and given to Robert and Katherine Thorn, before being passed along the Thorn families as a child. It is revealed among the families that Damien is in fact meant to be the Antichrist, and as an adult is attempting to gain control of the Thorn business and reach for the presidency.
The story was originally written by David Seltzer, who chose not to continue the series after the first novel.
One night in Rome, Robert Thorn, American diplomat, exchanges his still-born son for a new-born orphan. Only Thorn and the priest who arranged the unofficial adoption could tell the difference. Kathy and Robert Thorn called the child Damien.
Five years later in England, Damien’s nanny dies tragically…a ferocious black dog and an officious new nanny mysteriously appear, to guard the child…Kathy Thorn is badly hurt in a fall…and a wild-eyed priest tells Thorn that Damien is the spawn of the devil.
In an agonising and frenzied search that takes him to Rome, Jerusalem and back to London, Robert Thorn begins to unravel the horrible truth…
A powerful, spell-binding story of a child who is not a child and a man who must become less of a father and more of a man.
THE OMEN (1976 film)
Released June 25, 1976 (US); September 16, 1976 (UK)
You Have Been Warned.
If Something Frightening Happens To You Today. Think About It.
It May Be “The Omen.”
The Omen is a supernatural horror film directed by Richard Donner, and written by David Seltzer. The first instalment of The Omen franchise, The Omen concerns a young child replaced at birth by American Ambassador Robert Thorn unbeknownst to his wife, after their own son was murdered at the hospital, enabling the son of Satan to grow up with wealth and power. They are surrounded by mysterious and ominous deaths, unaware that the child, Damien, is the Antichrist.
The Omen received acclaim from critics and was a commercial success, becoming one of the highest-grossing films of 1976. The film earned two Academy Award nominations, and won for Best Original Score for Jerry Goldsmith, his only Oscar win. The film spawned a franchise, starting with Damien: Omen II, released two years later.
Soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith (1990/2001)
DAMIEN: OMEN II (1978 novel) by Joseph Howard
Published May 9, 1978
An ancient mural rises from the suffocating dusts of the Jordan valley. Yigael’s Satan. A portrait older than time. The face of the Devil. The face of
Robert Thorn saw Satan in his child. And Thorn died violently. Seven years later, Damien has been adopted by his uncle. Richard Thorn commands an international industrial empire. A position of awesome potential power. A position for which Damien is the heir apparent. And as he grows in knowledge, he grows in evil…
DAMIEN: OMEN II (1978 film)
Released June 9, 1978 (US); February 1, 1979 (UK)
The First Time Was Only a Warning.
Damien: Omen II is a supernatural horror film, the second instalment in The Omen series, set seven years after the first film, and was followed by a third instalment, Omen III: The Final Conflict, in 1981.
Seven years later, 13-year-old Damien is just discovering who he really is, and what he is destined to do. Now living with his Aunt, Uncle, and cousin in a wealthy suburb of Chicago, Damien is anxious to inherit everything. Can Richard Thorn finish the job that Damien’s father (Ambassador Thorn) started? [IMDb]
Soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith (1978)
OMEN III: THE FINAL CONFLICT (1980 novel) by Gordon McGill
Published December 16, 1980
The power of evil is no longer in the hands of a child. Damien Thorn is 32.
OMEN III: THE FINAL CONFLICT (1981 film)
Released March 20, 1981 (US); September 17, 1981 (UK)
The power of evil is no longer in the hands of a child.
Omen III: The Final Conflict is the third instalment in The Omen series, telling the progression of the now adult Damien Thorn to position of earthly power, set against the countdown to the Second Coming and attempts of a group of priests to kill the Antichrist.
Soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith (1986/2001)
OMEN IV: ARMAGEDDON 2000 (1982 novel) by Gordon McGill
Published October 1, 1982
THE WORLD THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE. THE WORLD WAS WRONG.
Damien Thorn, spawn of Satan, was dead, slain by one of the sacred daggers of Armageddon. Even Father De Carlo, his most brilliant opponent, believed the greatest threat the world had ever known was defeated for all eternity.
Only the innermost circle of Damien’s disciples knew of his unnatural coupling with a beautiful, helpless victim. Only they knew of the Son born of that horrific ravishment.
But now the boy was growing up, and already his powers could be felt…as the globe began to split in savage struggle, and the new emperor of evil mounted to the throne of hell on earth…
OMEN V: THE ABOMINATION (1985 novel) by Gordon McGill
Published July 2, 1985
THE BEAST WILL NOT DIE – AND THE NIGHTMARE CONTINUES
OMEN IV: THE AWAKENING (1991 TV film)
Released May 20, 1991 (US TV); October 25, 1991 (UK cinema)
They said it was over. They were wrong.
Omen IV: The Awakening is a made-for-television horror film that serves as the fourth and final addition to the original The Omen series. This was intended to be the first of many televisual sequels.
Damien Thorn is dead, but his prophecy is reborn in a mysterious girl named Delia, who is adopted by two attorneys, Gene & Karen York. When Karen realises her baby was born under suspicious circumstances, she hires a private investigator to find Delia’s real parents. A series of bizarre accidents occur, and Karen begins to suspect everyone of conspiring against her as she unravels the truth about her baby. [IMDb.com]
THE OMEN (1995 TV film)
Released September 8, 1995 (US)
The Omen is a made-for-television horror film that was an unsold pilot for a new The Omen TV series. A series called Damien, featuring Barbara Hershey, was broadcast in 2016 and cancelled after one season.
Jack Mann is a writer reporter for the Associated Press. Annalisse Summer is an ER nurse dedicated to help people: Dr Linus is a doctor who has seen what Jack and Analisse have: an evil entity that seeks to destroy and has joined them to help stop it (the entity posses people and controls them to do its bidding). [IMDb.com]